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HP missionaries convert 250+ mainframe shops

For all the talk about the competition between server platforms, very few machines are in play at any given time. And this is particularly true of big iron, like high-end RISC/Unix servers, proprietary midrange gear, and mainframes. But when times get tough, those venerable back office systems start looking expensive, and that's exactly what Hewlett-Packard is hoping for - at least when it comes to the mainframe base. (Certainly not for Unix gear...)
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Denial, exposure and online security

Web applications have huge attack surfaces. Most sites have hundreds of URLs, and each function has plenty of parameters, form fields, cookies, and headers for attackers to play with.
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VMware launches someone else's mobile hypervisor

VMWare has extended its virtualization mojo to mobile phones.
Cade Metz, 11 2008
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Vintage IBM tape drive in Apollo moon dust rescue

An Australian scientist hopes to restore a vintage, refrigerator-sized IBM tape drive stored in a museum to recover Apollo moon mission data the space agency misplaced nearly 40f years ago.
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SpringSource buys Groovy and Grails specialist

SpringSource hopes to attract Java developers in the enterprise and dynamic languages fans with its acquisition of Groovy and Grails specialist G2One.
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Reding maps out mini-super-regulator

EU Commissioner Viviane Reding has been mapping out how the new super-regulator will look, and the answer is rather less super than originally envisioned.
Bill Ray, 11 2008
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Open source fanciers finger Beeb's Win 7 'sales presentation'

The Open Source Consortium (OSC) has slammed the BBC’s recent coverage of Microsoft for providing a “sales presentation” about its forthcoming operating system, Windows 7.
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Hauppauge myTV Pocket Freeview PMP

Review Pocket TVs have thankfully come on a ways since the world went 'er.. what?' at the unveiling of the Sinclair MTV1 back in 1977.
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Mars lander has probably carked it, says NASA

The Phoenix robot lander, situated in the arctic dune seas of Mars, has ceased communicating and NASA does not expect to hear from it again. The onset of autumn in the chilly polar plains of the Red Planet has, as was expected, meant that the probe's solar panels can no longer supply sufficient power to keep it running.
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Law Commissions want to keep UK consumers' refund rights

UK consumers should be able to demand refunds for faulty goods despite attempts by the European Commission to undermine that right, the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have said.
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Hitachi touts greenest 500GB laptop hard drive

Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies division today punted what it claimed is the industry's least power-hungry mobile hard drive in its capacity class.
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Banks to share data on promiscuity

If you want credit, be prepared to hand over a little bit more personal info to the data inquisition in future. That looks like being the inevitable end-result of an announcement by UK banks that in order to help you manage your credit more responsibly, they are planning to expand the range of data that they will share with one another.
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Dutch plan 'Energy Island'

A Dutch company has proposed an interesting new kind of pumped-storage energy station. Normally, such facilities work by pumping huge uphill reservoirs full of water and letting it flow out through hydro-power turbines later on to release the stored energy. This one, however, works by emptying a huge reservoir.
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US Navy hacker avoids Romanian jail

A Romanian hacker who broke into systems run by the US Navy, NASA and the Department of Energy has avoided a custodial sentence in a trial at home but may still face extradition to the US.
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Vodafone tightens belt by £1bn

Vodafone's half-year results show profits on the slide and any increase in revenue largely attributable to currency fluctuations, prompting a change of strategy and a new round of cuts to shave £1bn off costs by 2011.
Bill Ray, 11 2008
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Half of Brits abuse apostrophe's

Linguistic doommongers look away now: A survey has shown that almost half of Brits haven't got a clue how to use the possessive apostrophe correctly, with the most common lapse being the inability to "punctuate a possessive plural".
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Intel intros hi-tech digital doctor

Intel has launched an in-home medical gizmo that’ll not only monitor your vital signs and store all your medical details, but which can even get a doctor on the blower for you.
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Digicam gift card launched

Register Hardware is comfortable with the idea of store gift cards, and with compact cameras. But we have to admit that the launch of a gift card with an integrated camera took us by surprise.
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Company That Can't Be Named slams critics

Telco 2.0 STL Partners' twice-yearly Telco 2.0 conference is held under Chatham House rules, which means the press can't attribute quotes to speakers without their permission. It's all about telcos finding new revenue opportunities, and it returned this week. One session starred a Well Known Web Advertising Intermediary very well known to Register readers. For the sake of brevity, we'll call them WKWAI.
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'Jaguar' Cray hypercomputer beats 1.3 petaflops

US government boffins at the Oak Ridge national lab in Tennessee are chuffed as ninepence to announce that they have upgraded their Cray "Jaguar" supercomputer to petaflop performance.
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Panasonic to buy Sanyo?

An electronics super giant may soon be created - if Panasonic’s recently announced acquisition negotiations with Sanyo prove fruitful.
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China to offer detox to net junkies

China's ministry of health is set to recognise net addiction as a "clinical disease" and will next year formally define the condition, the Telegraph reports.
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DARPA inks $2m deal for vat-grown artificial blood tech

An American biotech company has been awarded a $2m deal to produce "blood pharming" technology for the US military. The proposed kit would allow US forces to grow large supplies of genuine human blood in tanks, for use in transfusions to help wounded troops.
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Blogger to plead guilty for Guns N' Roses leak?

The 27-year-old American blogger who was arrested by the FBI in August for leaking some unreleased Guns N' Roses tunes to the interweb has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of copyright infringement.
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Modem maker to supply white-box Android smartphones

Modem maker Huawei, best known in the UK as the manufacturer of various carriers' HSDPA 3G dongles, has unveiled plans to make smartphones based on Google’s Android OS.
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The US and the impossible green revolution

Book Review Feel a little pity for Thomas L Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded, his new book on what must be done to deliver a green revolution in America. With the economy collapsed, political will in the United States is now decisively hostile to almost everything in it.
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DNA convictions fall as database doubles in size

The number of crimes solved thanks to the DNA database is actually falling despite the ever-growing number of people it contains.
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AVG slaps Trojan label on core Windows file

Some users of AVG were left with unusable Windows systems after the popular AVG security scanner software slapped a Trojan warning on a core Windows component.
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World's ugliest mutt pops paws

The three-legged, one-eyed hairless Chinese crested known as Gus, and internationally famous as the world's ugliest mutt, succumbed on Monday to skin cancer at the age of nine, Florida's St. Petersburg Times reports.
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Quantum finds UK customers reluctant to buy

UK customers are finding it harder to justify IT purchases, according to Quantum reseller research. They are delaying buying decisions and looking for cheaper kit to buy or own. Quantum wants to convince customers they still need backup products and keep the long-term in mind. No price-cutting yet then.
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Boffin finds gene for coke addiction

A German researcher has found a gene linked to cocaine addiction - coke addicts were 25 per cent more likely to have the gene than those who do not use the drug.

LG Renoir eight-megapixel cameraphone

Review LG’s successor to its Viewty focuses on imaging capabilities with a centrepiece eight-megapixel camera.
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Parallels opens Windows on the Mac desktop

Parallels has popped out its next version of the software firm’s virtualisation platform, Desktop for Mac 4.0, which includes the ability for customers to run Windows on their Apple machines.
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US senator demands clamp down on Obama ticket touting

A US Senator is urging websites like eBay not to accept for sale touted tickets for Barack Obama's swearing-in as president.
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US spec-ops get robot whispercopter kill fleet this month

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) secret military forces are receiving their first robotic whisper-mode helicopters, according to reports. The plan is for the you-never-saw-us-we-aren't-even-here brigade to receive a ten-strong fleet of Boeing A160T "Hummingbird" droid kill-choppers, under an extended demonstration programme.
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Ofcom exempts road users

Ofcom has proposed that intelligent traffic radio systems be licence-exempt, but initially only where it improves the the safety of the driving experience.
Bill Ray, 11 2008
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Lads from Lagos target Facebook

The ever-resourceful Lads from Lagos have been hanging around Facebook hoping to extract a few bucks from the unwary, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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Geek gets Blackberry Storm tattoo

We love our tech here at Register Hardware, but we’d never get the vulture tattooed onto our forearms. However, one phone fanatic was so desperate to bag himself a free BlackBerry Storm that he had the handset etched onto his body.
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Targeted attacks to add to ISP woes

Hacking attacks are growing more sophisticated and more prevalent, with hard-pressed ISPs facing a wider range of threats.
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Nokia seeks helpers for real-time traffic survey

Nokia has launched a project to study ways to create a more detailed real-time picture of road traffic conditions. And it wants you to take part.
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Agassi: free electric car, anyone?

'Leccy Tech Better Place CEO Shai Agassi has outlined his ideas for the electric car future, and the good news is that we all get free cars.
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German boffins plan frictionless liquid crystal lubricant

German boffins at the Fraunhofer Institute say they are working on an "almost frictionless" lubricant made from liquid crystals like those used in flat-panel displays. They think that the LCD lube could be ready for market as soon as 2011.
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Grand Theft Auto creator prevails in strip-club clash

A US court has dismissed claims made by the owner of a Los Angeles exotic dance venue that a virtual gentlemen’s club in Grand Theft Auto is based on his trademarked joint.
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Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

A dozen London boroughs have implemented a "risk assessment" policy for live music that permits the police to ban any live music if they fail to receive personal details from the performers 14 days in advance. The demand explicitly singles out performances and musical styles favoured by the black community: garage and R&B, and MCs and DJs.
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UK lists preferred occupations for immigrants

The Home Office has confirmed the list of preferred jobs for would-be immigrants to the UK - and non-EU techies need not apply.
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Farmers demand 'special' climate deal for flatulent cattle

The International Federation of Agricultural Producers has asked for a "special deal" in climate negotiations, insisting there are "limits to what farmers could do to curb emissions" from the flatulent, burping cattle which contribute a fair whack of the 20 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions attributed to agricultural activities.
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Love bug worm inspires Asian film

Asian film makers have completed filming about a movie inspired by the infamous Love Bug worm.
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Hotmail holdouts grumble about 'pathetic' new interface

Microsoft isn’t having much luck with the redesign of Hotmail, which is currently playing havoc with thousands of user’s emails.
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Amazon UK pulls Scientology exposé for 'legal reasons'

Amazon UK has barred the sale of a new Scientology exposé penned by a former member of the church's "elite paramilitary group."
Cade Metz, 11 2008
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F5 Q4 revenues up, income down

F5 sold more gear in fiscal 2008 but earned less profit than last year. The enterprise networking and storage firm was held back by a late inability to ship product. Despite this it has pulled its Acopia file virtualisation business out of the mire caused by a collapse in sales to the financial sector.
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IBM slashes chip animation, new server prices

It is pretty safe to say that IT shops are a little hesitant to spend money these days. And getting companies to open up their checkbooks before 2009 is going to be something of a challenge. But no matter how bad the economy gets, you can always convince someone to spend now rather than later - so long as the deal is good enough.
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Judge OKs lawsuits seeking Dubya's lost email

A federal judge upheld lawsuits pressing the Bush administration to recover millions of potentially missing emails just two-and-a-half months before it leaves office.
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Virgin Media wields mighty jobs axe

Virgin Media, the UK cable giant, is cutting 2,200 jobs - about 15 per cent of the workforce.

Mac Parallels goes fourth

The already-excellent Mac virtualisation software Parallels received a major update today. The new version adds support for 64-bit addressing, multiple CPUs or cores, 3D support, and has a spruced up UI. The company reckons the multicore support and other optimisations offer performance improvements of 25 per cent over earlier versions.
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Microsoft rethinks open source CodePlex site

Microsoft's CodePlex site could be revised before the year's out to signpost genuinely open-source projects, after the company got itself in hot water.
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Microsoft ups search engine bribe

As part of its ongoing effort to shrink the Google gap with shameless bribery, Microsoft is now offering 25 per cent off eBay purchases made by way of its Live Search engine.
Cade Metz, 11 2008
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IBM Lotus preps small biz software appliance

It's pandemonium out there. Cats are living with dogs. There's chocolate in my peanut butter. Software units are selling servers and calling them appliances.
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Ode to the Phoenix Mars Lander

ollow the water' they told you, and rocketed you out there alone. 'You'll comb the terrain, for snow, ice, or rain, and we'll grock what you see back at home.'
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Microsoft marks Windows' anniversary with Windows 7

Past is prologue. So said Joe Biden during a vice presidential debate slap-down to Sarah Palin after she'd chided him about him going on and on about the past eight years.